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express surprise tonight after pope benedict 16th 's announcement he is stepping down -- benedict xvi's announcement that he is stepping down. >> reporter: the news came as a surprise to many people. catholics here tell us what they'd like to see a new leader bring to the church. pope benedict xvi made a stunning announcement this morning. the 85-year-old german born pope said fatigue is the reason he's stepping down. his papacy began in 2005. >> wow, this is big news. >> reporter: brother charles hilton teaches history at st. mary's college and says a sitting poem has not resigned in -- pope has not resigned in almost 600 years. >> what a beautiful gesture to say that his own strength is failing and rather than grasp power and hang onto it to the end he's going to let it go. >> reporter: during the nightly mass at st. mary's chapel the pope's announcement was on the minds of those attending services. some hope a new leader will allow the catholic church to reexamine its approach towards hot button issues such as abortion, same sex marriage and the role of women in the church. >> t
whenever you want. visit citi.com/thankyoucards to apply. >>> pope benedict xvi is scheduled tomorrow to give his final prayer. today he came out to spray with the cardinals. meantime the italian media the reporting that the pope's resignation is based on the latest allegations. the vatican today slammed the media for what it calls defamatory falsified reports. >>> in los angeles, cardinal roger mahoney was unflappable as he answered questions under oath today. he was deposed for nearly 3-1/2 hours about his handling of clergy sex abuse cases during his time as los angeles arch bishop. church documents have suggested that mahoney knew priests were sexually abusing children but went out of his way to shield arrest. >>> today french president said france is engaged in the final phase of the fight against militants who are believed to be hiding in a mountainous area. troops from neighboring african nations are scheduled to move in. >>> take a look at this blaze in a fireworks warehouse in china. firefighters say the fire started in a candle company on the third floor of the building then
, and for the new pope. >> pope benedict xvi made what is expected to be his final public appearance today before some 150,000 people in st. petter's square. the 85-year-old pope talked about the choppy waters during his papacy as well as the joys. he thanked people for respecting his decision to retire, which takes effect tomorrow. >>> in new zealand, a tv helicopter caught pictures of what is believed to be the same shark that killed a swimmer. the victim is identified as a 46-year-old man, adam strange. police raced out in boats. they don't know if they killed the shark. surfers say it's likely a great white. >>> and in the tiny african kingdom, britain's harry danced for children. the students also taught him some sign language. it is located within south africa. it has one of the highest rates of hiv/a.i.d.s. in the world. >>> this is a bittersweet night here at ktvu as we say goodbye to reporter rita williams, who is retiring after 35 years here at the station. we're happy for rita, but boy are we going to miss her presence in our newsroom. rita is a top notched journalist, and very accompl
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